One Month Lam Rim Meditation Course
A Life Changing Event
The one month meditation course at Kopan was established in 1971 by Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, the founders of Kopan Monastery. Since then the course has been held every year, attended by thousands of people looking for meaning and happiness in their lives. The course follows the Tibetan Gelug Tradition of Buddhism, and is based on Lama Tsong Khapa's Graduated Path to Enlightenment (Lam Rim), one of the most important texts of the Gelug Tradition.
The course will cover many important topics such as, to name just a few, the Three Jewels: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, the Four Noble Truths, Conventional and Ultimate Truth; Twelve Links of Dependent Origination; Bodhicitta; and the Six Perfections. Additional important topics such as the nature of mind, consciousness and buddha nature will be introduced. There is also a section on thought transformation so as to learn how to deal better with problems in daily life.
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The course is based on the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha, which form a complete and gradual spiritual path (Lam Rim), leading to ultimate happiness and enlightenment. Through cultivating an awareness of our present conditions we gain an understanding of the nature of our dissatisfaction and unhappiness, the causes of these states of mind and how we can overcome them. We can then direct our energy to deal more effectively with any situation, be it positive or negative.
The different topics that are presented, such as karma, rebirth, mind and its functions, etc will be examinded from various perspectives, analyzing their profound meaning asa well as explaining their day-to-day applications in a normal Western life. It is an excellent introduction to the theory and practice of Tibetan Buddhism as well ans an opportunity to touch base with the root teachings, and deepen one's understanding.
But most of all it is an experientail course. Most people are touched by the teachings at a very deep level. The teachings are challending long held and treasured beliefs, and at the same time offer a new perspecitve on a range of issues.
Many of the ideas presented will be new and sometimes contrary to Western beliefs. We request you to come with an open mind and a willingness to analyze, question and contemplate the teachings as well as one's own beliefs.
It takes courage to day this course, and patience. Courage because you will see yourself in a new way, let yourselfget involved in the teachings, examine them with an open mind; patience because it takes time to change habits, developing a good heart. Learning to be more tolerant and loving takes time.
During this month there is the time to get the process going. Lama Yeshe used to say: Our wisdom light is light a puny little flame, it needs protection, taking it out of the wind, so it can grow and shine brightly. Take your wisdom mind out of the wind for one month, and experience the difference this makes.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the founder and spiritual director of Kopan and the FPMT is expected to teach in the second half of the course.
We are very happy to announce that Ven. Gyatso, director of Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery in Australia, is returning to Kopan to teach this course. Gyatso, as he prefers to be known, is well known for his light hearted approach to the Dharma, based on his extensive teaching experience and his years of solitary retreat experience. Gyatso has received teachings and initiations from HHDL, Kyabje Ling Rinpoche, Song Rinpoche, Lama Thubten Yeshe, Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche and other great masters of the Gelug tradition. He has taught the month long November Course at Kopan Monastery before. He has taught in Australia, New Zealand, India, and has been the first resident teacher at the FPMT center in Mongolia.
Date: November 11 - December 11
Cost: 460 US$ (depending on exchange rate)
Booking is essential - Registration starts on July 1, 2014 Midnight Nepal Time
No advance booking accepted.
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